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5 Things About Climbing I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago

Sarah Williams putting her lessons learned climbing into practice.

Sarah Williams putting her climbing lessons learned into practice. (Photo credit: Carlo Nasisse)

We’ve all had that moment in climbing where something finally clicks, either physically or mentally. For most of us, that moment came later in our climbing career – followed by that temporary moment of regret: ‘If only I’d known this when I first started climbing!’ Today Sarah Williams shares her list of 5 things she wish she’d known when she started climbing 5 years ago. While it might be too late for some of us, hopefully Sarah’s advice will inspire any newbies just getting into the sport!

Lesson #1: Try Harder Stuff

Any gym rat can tell you that grades are very subjective. You may be cruising V5’s but just can’t seem to pull the move on one funky V3, or you might put 15 attempts into a V6 and flash the V7 next to it. Just because you’re climbing V3 and projecting V4 doesn’t mean you can’t jump on a V5 or even harder.

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Learning from the Best at ABS Nationals

Watching Angie bring the Payne and youngin’ Megan Mascarenas prove that age ain’t nothing but a number at the ABS Finals last weekend was inspiring, as well as instructional. Yes, these women are INCREDIBLY strong, and yes, they are climbing at a slightly different level than you and me…but it doesn’t mean we can’t learn from them. Because, after all, that’s what this community of strong women climbers should be all about! Here are 5 things we can learn from the women at Nationals, to apply to our own climbing:

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